Responding to the publication of the annual bus statistics through to March 2020. CPT Chief Executive Graham Vidler said:
“This drop in passenger numbers reflects that in the weeks before lockdown we had already begun to see people deciding to travel less as a result of Covid-19. Following the stay at home message we also saw bus passenger numbers drop to 10% of normal in a matter of days.
A CPT spokesperson said: These welcome changes to the Job Support Scheme will help more coach operators than the previous scheme, which was of limited use. But we should not underestimate how badly the sector has been hit and for some these changes will not be enough.
Responding to the National Audit Office report on Improving Local Buses Services in England, CPT Chief Executive Graham Vidler said:
“We agree that a long term vision for bus is essential to help ensure a vibrant and sustainable network for passengers during the pandemic and beyond. The National Bus Strategy is the opportunity to set out this vision and it is vital that the strategy does not sit within a government silo as we need all of government focused on encouraging more people to travel by bus. The best way to do this is to put bus travel at the heart of transport networks across the country, speeding up journey times and giving people the confidence to travel by bus.